Grateful Dead Live at Hampton Coliseum on 1986-03-20
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
aud> sony mics> cassette master> cdr; via Mike Lai; reportedly may circulate with or without Comes a Time, possibly from 3/31/86, as filler (d1t10)
- 2004-06-14 10:14:39
- Hampton, VA
- Hampton Coliseum
Subject: Believe it or Not...
Fast forward to the show. End of set 1, and there it was. I'm a 6'-1" large guy, and a dude next to me picked me up in a bear hug. We howled approval at each classic line: "Inch your way through Dead dreams to another land". "For this is all a dream we dreamed ONE AFTERNOON long ago" Or just a few hours ago in our case.
After the concert we were back at Dave's for the rest of the party. The Box of Rain Guy was walking on Splintered Sunlight... you could not pop the dude's bubble. I don't know him, can't recall his name, but what a 100th show gift from the Dead.
Subject: I'm still roaring to this day...
Too bad the rest of this show was frighteningly bad...
Subject: A Special Run at Hampton
Subject: Box of Emotion
Subject: Box of Emotion
Subject: Great show but poor sound
Great review by the previous writer just not a download worth getting or listening to for any reason.
This show features the return of Box of rain since 1973 and the excitement of the crowd is the only good thing about this show: a rare break out at the time and this being a collectors item is the only reason why this gets a very liberal 2 stars. It would be a zero for sound and a 1 for rareness but I need to offer a higher review than that just by the fact the bootleg exists.
All this being said, I put the Box of rain in my "phillers" folder.
Subject: couldn't a been no higher
The first set this night was mediocre, if there's such a thing, but I'm afraid there is/was such, especially Althea. I think Jerry must have been wondering if he was due for an oil change in his BMW or something, because flub'd the lyrics was an understatement. Maybe this was intentional, because once Althea ended, Bobby announces "now we'll show why practice makes perfect" Huh? Ok, so here's the beginning of a song, couldn't make it out, and I was very good at this. Actually if there was a G.D. version of Name that Tune I'd have cleaned up, but it wasn't until Phil steps to the mic and sings "Look out of any window....." I seriously cannot imagine any crowd ever, in unison, having the same collective reaction of pure, unadulterated joy. Box of Rain...this was just too much. I wished I had a picture of the crowd right at this very moment. I was so oblivious, just jumping and singing along. I've been to shows, like Greek 6/16/85, when there had been rumors they'd do Comes a Time and Cryptical, and they did, but the rumors took something away. On this night I'd heard not heard one reference made to Box of Rain, so after almost 13 years they pull it out. It still gets me a little choked up when I hear this, because this was what going to shows was all about for me, when they'd open their treasure chest and dust off one of their rare gems to share with us. If any member of the Dead should ever read this...thanks so much for this memory, you made the 18 drive to Hampton worth it just for one song.
The second set was so enhanced by Box of Rain, and since Uncle Cid had joined us for the night, I danced like a mad fool from start to finish once the second set started. Iko, Estimated>Eyes into drums...you couldn't have stopped me for nothing. Anyway, that's how it was for the rest of the show, and out love for the Dead was bigger than the whole Cadillac factory!
Anyway, this was a night shared with some of the luckiest people I've ever been with. Thank you for a real good time....
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